Todd Haley wants a QB who is highly competitive and able to “weather storms”

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Todd Haley had veteran Ben Roethlisberger as his quarterback for all but 10 games during his six seasons in Pittsburgh. The new Browns offensive coordinator wouldn’t address “clashes” the two reportedly had, saying only, “I don’t have a lot to say about it. A coach’s job is to develop players first and foremost. I have nothing but fond memories.”

Haley, though, might miss Roethlisberger next season.

The Browns’ annual search for a quarterback continues this offseason with Cleveland expected to use the first overall pick on one. General Manager John Dorsey gave the team’s scouts an assignment months ago to rank the top-12 quarterbacks in the 2018 class.

Reporters asked Haley on Wednesday what he looks for in a quarterback.

“Highly competitive guys with the ability to weather storms,” Haley said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Physical and mental toughness, an NFL-type arm, awareness and leadership.”

Dorsey revealed late last season that he had spent a great deal of time studying Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Roethlisberger stands 6 foot 5. OU listed Mayfield at 6-1.

“There’s always going to be guys that break those standards,” Haley said when asked about shorter quarterbacks. “. . . You have to go in with an open mind. You’re looking for the really good football players, and if they’re good football players, they usually find a way to succeed.”

8 responses to “Todd Haley wants a QB who is highly competitive and able to “weather storms”

  1. .
    Everyone is looking for a QB that’s 6’5″, 240lb and runs a 4.5/40. It becomes very difficult to evaluate outlier prospects like Mayfield. Both Drew Brees and Russell Wilson were similar outliers who’ve had plenty of NFL success.

  2. Take Barkley #1. Find an adequate veteran QB. Draft the best available every-down player at #4. If you think that’s one of these QB’s, do it. If not, take the best player available. It’s that simple…

  3. All signs point towards Mayfield for Cleveland. This is not a judgement on his ability or character, or whether or not they should or should not draft him. The reports on Dorsey’s interest in Mayfield and Haley’s comments on wanting a competitive guy who can weather storms, plus Hugh Jackson’s stated desire to foster a football loving competitive environment all make me think that they want Mayfield. By all accounts his personality seems to match what they want in Cleveland, and Cleveland will still have a first round pick to spare, plus plenty of others later., and their team is loaded with recently drafted young guys all around, so Dorsey will likely not be opposed to taking a shot on Mayfield first with all the ammunition he has to restock his roster later.

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